plant that repels mosquitos

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Although spring and summer is still a few months away, garden enthusiasts can start gearing up to plan their gardens for the outdoor season. Like many gardening buffs, homeowners are always looking for ways to control the breeding of mosquitoes in their backyards. There is nothing worse than being eaten alive by these pesky and disease carrying pest, but with a little planning, you can keep them at bay and in check.

Before you reach for chemical sprays, there are a number of natural and beautiful plants that will repel mosquitoes on your property. Commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET, but there are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children, such as developing seizures, slurred speech, hypotension, and bradycardia. Even though there are some DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today, these plants are equally effective, easy to grow and attractive as part of your landscaping design.

 

1. Citronella

Citronella plants contain the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents, such as candles and lamps. Its strong and distinctive aroma help to mask the other scents that bring mosquitoes into your area and makes it harder for the attack bombers to find you. Because Citronella is a living plant, its aroma is even stronger than products made from its ingredients, so this results in a very effective method to keep mosquitoes away.
 

Citronella is a perennial plant resembling clumping grass and grows to a height of five to six feet. It can be grown directly in the ground in climate zones where frost does not occur or in the garden near a patio behind small decorative flowers and shrubs. If you live in a northern climate, your best bet is to grow it in a large pot or planter. Be sure to look for the true varieties, Cybopogon Nardus or Citronella Winterianus.

 

2. Horsemint

Horsemint is also known as Beebalm, which is a very adaptable perennial plant that repels mosquitoes much in the same manner as citronella. This attractive plant gives off a strong incense-like odor which confuses mosquitoes and masks the scent of its usual host, that’s you, your family and guests. This shade-tolerant and drought-resistant plant is a fast growing specimen that can reach heights of two to three feet and equally wide.
 
Because it can tolerate dry, sandy and salty conditions, this plant is often found in coastal regions and around beach areas, such as the Midwest and Eastern growing zones. The seeds can be sown indoors for transplanting at a later time directly into the ground. A great feature of the Horsemint plant is that it not only repels mosquitoes, but its flowers will also attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Bonus!

 

3. Marigolds

Marigolds are hardy annual plants that are commonly grown as ornamental border plants in full sunshine. These plants have a particularly strong, distinctive odor that mosquitoes find offensive. The compound inside the plant, known as pyrethrum, is a very effective insect repellent. Although an annual, marigold will often reseed itself in favourable conditions and established plants can be thinned or flowers dead-headed to promote additional blooms.
 
You can position potted marigolds near the entrance of your house or any other entry point to deter mosquitoes. While potted marigolds will repel mosquitoes, putting potted marigolds on a patio table may attract wasps, so avoid this if possible. Marigolds can also repel insects that prey on tomato plants, so you may want to plant a few marigolds in your tomato bed for added protection.

 

4. Additional Specimens

There are other plants, such as Ageratum and Catnip that are natural mosquito repellents.
 
Ageratum emits a smell which mosquitos find particularly offensive. Ageratum secretes coumarin, which is widely used in commercial mosquito repellents and Catnip is ten times more effective than DEET! Both are widely used in gardens to keep mosquitoes at bay while adding additional touches of low-lying plants of blue, pink, white and violet flowers to the landscape.
 
According to Iowa State researcher Chris Peterson, the reason for Catnip’s effectiveness is still unknown. “It might simply be acting as an irritant or they don’t like the smell. But nobody really knows why insect repellents work.”
 
Whatever the reason, it’s nice to know that there are plants that you can add to your garden that will let you fully enjoy the outdoor season without the threat of being dinner for these blood sucking pests.
 
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Gardeners dread the dead of winter because they’ve lost one of their most favourite pastimes, but winter can be a perfect time for some indoor winter gardening projects.  By using a bit of imagination, patience and creativity, winter is the perfect time to get moving on key tasks to keep your thumb green throughout the cold and snowy season.

plants on dresser, cups and trays on dresser

 

Garden Journals

Start a garden journal to record what and where you planted last year and how you felt that everything went including what you might change for the upcoming season.

 

Gardening Books

Reading about gardening can be a wonderful pastime on those blustery winter days. The pages of inspirational gardening books, magazines and catalogues can help you to lose yourself in the spring and summer months that you enjoy so much.

 

Planting Map

Create a planting map of your garden. You can use the planting map as a guide for ordering seeds or buying from your local garden center in the coming months.

 

Landscapers

The winter months are an opportune time to consult with landscapers and other gardening professionals. During these months, you will find that they have more time to give you their personal attention, advice and tips.

 

Check Out Seed Catalogues

Seed catalogues are a great source of information if you’re planning to experiment with more exotic specimens this year. If you order early, you will get the best selections of seeds for window box plantings. Catalogues are a great way to get some inspiration for varieties you may not have otherwise have known about in the market.

 

Tending Indoor Plants

Your indoor houseplants plants may need a bit of extra attention at this time of year. On very cold nights, move your plants that need a natural light source to the center of the room away from drafty windows.  Since the house is drier inside during the winter, make sure that your plants have sufficient humidity by setting a cup of water nearby.

 

Growing Indoors

One of the breakthroughs in small indoor growing is the use of T5 fluorescent bulbs. They’re wonderful for growing greens, aren’t as expensive as high-intensity discharge lamps and use less electricity. They’re also great for keeping your seedlings growing when you start plants indoors.

 

There are many benefits of winter gardening. There is something satisfying about taking care of plants you’re growing indoors, particularly if they’re going to be part of dinner. So, why not start some greens now that will be ready for a salad about the time you’re just setting the other plants out?

 

Clean Your Garden Tools

Winter is a great time to take inventory of all your gardening tools. Look over your equipment to make sure everything is safe from the elements and toss any broken or damaged tools. Remember to record anything you need to replace in your garden journal and get lawn mowers serviced, sharpen your shears and clean your pots, so everything is like new when you’re ready to head back into the garden.

 

Winter Gardening Makes for Spring Readiness

Gardeners just can’t wait until the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the gardens come alive again, but with a few indoor winter gardening projects, it will pass the time away faster until spring arrives.

 

All of our employees at Evergreen Landscapes have a horticulturist diploma and would be pleased to discuss winter gardening projects with you. Feel free to contact us today!

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During the warm summer months, many houseplant owners move their houseplants outside so that the plants can enjoy the sun and air. However, once these tropical plants are exposed to autumn’s chilly nights, it’s a signal that it’s time to bring them back indoors. The cooler air can damage tender tropical leaves and colder temperatures can cause flower buds to drop. There are many reasons you should be bringing your plants indoors for the winter.

A yellow flower in the snow
 
This change in temperature can cause real havoc with your tender tropical plants, so you need to take action before any damage occurs. Most houseplants can exist outside as long as temperatures remain above the 45-48 degree mark, but when that temperature dips below, you’re flirting with danger that could be irreversible. This is enough of a reason to bring outdoor plants inside.
 

Acclimatize:

Bringing plants inside for winter requires a few precautions to acclimatize plants of the environmental change they are about to experience. Just picking up the pots from outside and taking them indoors is not an easy transfer because you run the risk of sending your houseplants plants into shock. The steps for acclimatizing plants indoors for the winter transfer is not difficult, but without taking the proper steps, your plants may experience shock, wilting and leaf loss.
 
You have to be aware that the light and humidity changes from outside to inside are dramatically different, so for the next few days, start by bringing the houseplant in at night and move it back outside in the morning. Then, over the course of two weeks as the plant is acclimatized to this ongoing process, increase the amount of time the plant spends indoors until it’s inside all of the time.
 
You should also remember that plants indoors retain their moisture level better in comparison to outside plants, so they will no longer require the same amount of watering. Once they are back inside, water only when the soil is dry to the touch and perhaps find a location for them to help maximize the amount of sunlight your plants get through the windows.
 

Leaf-Dwelling Pests:

Before you bring your plants in for the winter months, you want to check for any pests that may be hitch-hiking a ride on the leaves or soil from being out in the great outdoors. This issue is one of the most common for houseplants when coming back indoors and it’s important that you check for them and remove them.
 
Leaf dwellers may include aphids, spider mites, scale, mealybugs’ spiders, gnats or lacewings. You want to carefully the examine leaves and stems, particularly the underside since that’s where the insects like to hang out.
 
The simplest method for removal is to hose down plants with a hose using a gentle spray nozzle so you can direct water underneath foliage and avoid tearing leaves from stems. You can also dunk smaller plants into a 5-gallon bucket of water adding a few drops of liquid dish or hand soap for 15 minutes to that the insects on leaves will flee. Do not dunk plants that demand dry soil, such as succulents, cactus or plants that go dormant for the winter.
 

Soil-Dwelling Pests:

In addition to invading the leaves of plants, insects can also set up housekeeping in the soil of plants. The type of insects that set up house in the soil includes slugs, sow bugs, earwigs, fungus gnats and ants. Remove plants that are in small containers and examine soil where slugs, sow bugs and ants are more likely visible on the outer layer of soil near the drainage holes. If you find them, flick them off. Insects like fungus gnats and earwigs usually reside in the upper regions of soil, so a good dunk in water will remove them too.
 
If your houseplants are in large containers, apply an insecticide to the soil surface and also to soil inside drainage holes. When applying the appropriate amount according to instructions, you’ll kill the insects or cause them to exit.
 

Start Off Next Season Right:

By following a few simple steps to bring your houseplants back indoors after a glorious time in the great outdoors, you can be assured that they will continue to be healthy and happy for the next summer season on the deck.
 
Each Employee at Evergreen Landscapes has a horticulturist diploma and can help deliver you the best overall Property Maintenance available in Burlington, Waterdown, Aldershot, Dundas and Ancaster areas.

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With winter just a few months away and most plants going dormant, you can still have an interesting property, because a winter landscape has a beauty of its own. Winter brings its own set of striking colours, so fall is the perfect time to start planting a few selections that will stay colourful and look great while everything else is brown and leafless.

Winter Holly Plant

 

Instead of having your gardens look dull or lifeless, you can incorporate different varieties of plants, evergreens, and shrubs to make your garden look interesting and colourful all year long. Therefore, now is the time to add these winter-hardy plants that will produce strong interest and colour before the really cold weather settles in.

 

Evergreens

 

Any type of evergreen is a winter candidate because they retain their green colour throughout the winter season. Against the white snow, green reminds us of the summer months and all its glory, but these colourful winter plants can add interest because of their contrast to the dull months.

 

Many evergreens have structures for eye appeal with rounded or upright stature, also many produce berries that add colour and interest to their frames. Take, for example, the Evergreen Holly that boasts the glossy green foliage and bright red berries. A cousin to this evergreen is the winterberry that punctuates winter with its showy berry display. This not only draws the eye, but it is an attractive winter display in any part of your landscape.

 

The Japanese False Cypress is a lovely addition to the garden for winter colour with its fine, soft needles or threadlike appearance. The shaggy or mop-like top of this evergreen is one of the false cypress cultivars that adds a bright golden green colour to the landscape in contract with darker evergreens.

 

The Winter Daphne is another great example of an evergreen shrub that is stunning in a colourful winter garden. This hardy shrub has variegated leaves edged in yellow and blooms in early spring to late winter with rosy pinkish purple flower buds that open to light pink or white star-shaped blooms.

 

The Firethorn is a semi-evergreen plant that produces bright orange-red berries in the fall through the winter. It provides a sharp contrast to the blanket of winter white and great focal point in any colourful garden. This variety looks particularly good in a hedge or on a trellis.

 

The Cold-Hardy Camellias is an evergreen plant with beautiful white or pink blooms that will make you do a double-take because the stunning blooms startle everyone in the cold months. This plant is now available throughout North America and can be found under the names ‘Polar Ice’, ‘Snow Flurry’, ‘Winter’s Hope’, ‘Winter’s Rose’, ‘Winter’s Star’, and ‘Winter’s Charm’.

 

Plants & Shrubs

 

Red Osier Dogwood is one of the favourite deciduous shrubs that grace many gardens. The bright green bark, twigs, and leaves of spring and summer turn to a deep red in fall when the leaves drop revealing its rich burgundy colours.

 

The Witch Hazel is a deciduous shrub that has delicate, threadlike bright yellow petals that bloom in late fall and accents winter. It is a multi-stemmed rounded plant that, in addition to its petals, curls up at night but unfurls on sunny days.

 

Winter Gardens

 

There are many choices available to keep your garden from looking lifeless and dull throughout the winter months. With a little planning and the right evergreen, outdoor winter plants and shrubs, you can have a garden that dazzles all winter long.

 

Don’t want to go through the trouble of designing and building a colourful winter garden yourself? Evergreen Landscapes is committed to creating and maintaining the garden of your dreams, regardless of the season. Contact us today and our team of experts will be ready to help.

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As the temperatures start to drop during the fall months and the chill in the air is a sign of winter right around the corner, winterizing your gardens is mostly a matter of cleaning and covering up. Aside from the annuals that will inevitably wither and die when the first frost hits your region, the remaining perennials prepare for dormancy. The cool weather is a good time to get the gardens, bushes and trees prepared for the onslaught of bitter cold so that your gardens will rejuvenate when spring returns.

woman raking fall leaves in garden

 

Even though it may appear that all of the activity in the garden has come to a grinding stop, there is a lot of action going on under the soil until it freezes. Any newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials plants and hardy bulbs are all growing roots. They are drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them to keep healthy for winter’s arrival. Even earthworms, bugs and microbes in the earth are still processing the organic material that they’re finding in the soil.

 

Mulch It Up

The chances are that the mulch that you placed in the gardens in spring has deteriorated during the summer months, so it’s important to add a new layer of mulch in fall to protect plants and soil over the winter season. By adding additional mulch now, you keep the soil warmer, but more importantly, you maintain an even temperature throughout the soil. Use lightweight organic shredded mulch over beds to protect plants from winter’s extremes and avoid compact mulches, which mat and suffocate the plants. Once the soil is frozen, the mulch will keep it frozen. Even a good snow cover insulates the soil very much like mulch; therefore, a thick blanket of mulch will preserve the life of the plants beneath.

 

Perennials & Bulbs

Fall is a great time to divide perennials. Begin this process about six weeks ahead of the ground freezing. The candidates for division are those perennials that are clumped too close together and do not flower robustly any longer. Dividing is also good for those plants that show bare spots in the middle. By dividing, you will strengthen the root system, so when they return in spring, the plants will be heartier and healthier with more blossoms.

 

Autumn is a perfect time to think about getting your bulbs into the ground for a magnificent spring bloom. The days are still clear and blue, and the ground is still warm and welcoming. Fall bulbs include such traditional garden favourites as tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths, but there are many other bulbs that will provide your garden with weeks of colour next year.

 

When winter’s snow begins to thaw, and the earth begins to warm along with spring rain, the moisture and temperateness spur the bulbs to flourish. If you have tender bulbs that may not survive a freeze, dig them up, store them in a container and cover them with sawdust until they can be replanted.

 

Shrubs & Trees

Winter can be extremely harsh on scrubs. Snow, wind, rain and ice can wreak havoc on the delicate branches; hence, it’s wise to prune some of the smaller, weaker branches as a preventative measure. Mounds of snow or damaging ice can put stress and strain on the shrubs, but you can give them added protection by building a tepee over them. A teepee is made from pieces of thin, flexible wood like bamboo rods, which you erect over the shrubs in a pyramid shape. Piling mulch around the base will also prevent moisture loss during frosty winters.

 

Trees heading toward winter have a mechanism in them called “senescence”. It signals the tree of the impending changes in temperature and light thereby obeying the dormancy control built into the leaf. Basically, it tells the tree to close down for the onslaught of winter. Prune dead or overlapping branches in the late fall to strengthen the tree and encourage new growth in the spring. For tender bark of young trees, wrap them with wire mesh or tree guards to prevent gnawing critters from destroying them. The old standby burlap can also be wrapped around trees as a protective shield from winter’s damaging effects.

 

Winter is on its way with all of its hazardous weather conditions. By winterizing your gardens in fall; plants, shrubs and trees will endure the harmful rampage of Old Man Winter until Spring returns with a renewal of life. Need help getting your garden ready for winter? We can help, contact us today!

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Like all of us, homeowners lead very busy lives, whether it’s their occupation that consumes hours on end or family obligations that deserve equal attention. However, unlike people that live in an apartment, townhouse or condo, homeowners have the added responsibility of maintaining their property too.

beautiful flower garden

 

Owning a home and property is one of the most important investments in a person’s life. Property maintenance is required to protect that investment, whether it’s taking care of internal maintenance or outside maintenance, like lawn or garden care.

 

Time Consuming

Because outside maintenance can be so time-consuming, homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of time that must be spent on external upkeep. With a plan for regular maintenance, one can avoid emergency property maintenance issues.

 

Like with any other assets, it’s vital to maintain and care for your property, particularly if you are considering selling your home down the road. The most obvious choice for sustaining your property’s value, appearance, and in the process save you some time, is to hire a professional lawn care company like Evergreen Landscapes.

 

A professional lawn care service will oversee all of your property needs and release you from the time-consuming obligation of caring for the property yourself. A team of professional maintenance crew will maintain your lawn, landscape and gardens so that you have time to enjoy other pleasures in life.

 

However, if a professional lawn care company is beyond your reach, there are plenty of things that you can do to cut down the amount of time you are spending on property upkeep.

 

Garden Maintenance

Everyone loves a beautiful garden, so no matter the size of your gardens, you can cut down on their care by keeping your flower beds regularly tended so that they don’t get overgrown and out of control. This will prevent you from having to spend more time and headaches correcting the problem. You can also consider planting a non-flowering garden. Instead of flowers that require more care, use lots of ground covering plants like low-maintenance moss, rockery or shrubs requiring little time or maintenance to keep your property looking stylish.

 

Outdoor Living Spaces

Creating an outdoor living space will provide you with a landscape that is both attractive and functional, but easy to care for and less time on your part to worry about. You can extend your home living space with a stone patio, grilling and dining area and some limited grass and flowers for added attraction. You can add a deck with planters, gravel and rockery that provide an attractive environment but affords you a low-maintenance option; thereby, freeing up your time to pursue other interests.

 

Lawn Care

Your lawn is probably one of the most central features of your home and enhances the curb appeal and value of your property. A beautifully maintained property means a beautifully maintained lawn, so mow the lawn regularly. By mowing your lawn regularly, you give it the opportunity to grow lush and green. This helps to save you time down the road because a well-maintained lawn does not encounter the typical stress-related problems of a poorly cared for lawn, requiring much more time and money to correct the problem.

 

You can also save yourself some time on lawn care by having a sprinkler system installed because watering your lawn is among the most important steps for lawn care. Proper watering helps to ensure that your lawn puts down roots and grows to a healthy length so you spend less time repairing its shortfalls.

 

End Word

Property maintenance doesn’t have to take up a bulk of your time each week if you plan ahead. By doing so, you minimize its upkeep, yet you will have a property that any homeowner is proud to own and display.

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Most homeowners agree that landscaping is a significant investment for enhancing a home. You want to make sure that your money is well spent when hiring a professional company because not all landscaping companies are the same. For those who want to enjoy the benefits of a beautifully crafted landscape, it is essential that you find a top-notch landscaping company that will address your needs. An acclaimed landscape company will adequately provide your landscape with regular maintenance and quality care at an affordable price.

an award winning landscape by evergreen landscapes

 

The best ways to begin your search is defining your needs for your landscaping care and get an idea of what you want for the end result. This process will help to narrow down your search before you get in touch with different landscape companies to compare quotes. More importantly, look for a company who has an award-winning reputation in the industry, easy to work with on a regular basis and receptive to your ideas and goals. When you narrow your search to one particular company, they should answer all of your questions and concerns while offering you piece of mind.

 

“Get someone who takes the time to get to know your space and asks you questions about how you use your space, what kinds of things you like, and what kind of feeling you’d like your space to evoke,” says Trevor Smith, vice president of the Ecological Landscaping Association.

 

Environment

One of the most important aspects of having a beautiful landscape is finding a landscaping company that understands the environment and selects plants that thrive. It’s critical that they understand how to combine plants that work harmoniously with your lawn setting. It’s important for you to find out if the landscaping company employs horticultural professionals who know this information since poorly placed plants can destroy a beautiful and flourishing landscape.

 

Property

Existing areas of your property with sun or shade, slopes, soil, drainage and moisture affect different plants. A good landscape company will recognize these conditions and plant accordingly. You should also determine whether the company is familiar with pest-resistant plants because this information significantly improves your landscape’s chances of blossoming. Since water is the key to successful landscaping, your landscaper should keep in mind the watering needs of appropriate plants in order to get the best results.

 

Licenses

Although there are no mandatory licence requirements for landscape companies, like those that exist in other trades, such as electricians, good landscape companies will have a crew with certificates and diplomas in horticulture. Their staff may take additional courses during the winter months to learn new trends in the landscaping business. Also, a good landscape company carries insurance in the event an accident occurs on your property, which relieves you of any liability.

 

Experience

In addition to being knowledgeable with a professional understanding of landscape design and maintenance, the best landscaping companies should also have years of experience in the industry. On average, a company with a history of more than ten years in the business is a reputable one. This is a very competitive industry, and those who make it past ten years are companies with, not only solid credentials but happy and repeat customers. You can also go to their website and look at the online ratings and reviews as a good indicator regarding the quality of their work, experience, history and any other professional credentials that they hold.

 

References

The landscape company that you are considering should provide you with a list of references, and you should contact them. Reviews from past or current customers are an ideal way to decide whether the landscape company is going to fulfill your expectations and provide you with the high-quality service that you expect.

 

Some questions to ask an individual is how long the person has been a customer with the company and whether they have been happy or disappointed with their experience. Depending on the answer, you can ask why they were so pleased or what occurred to log a complaint against the company. Most importantly, ask the question whether the person would recommend the company to others.

 

Evergreen

Evergreen has the reputation of being one of the best companies for landscape design, so they are worthy of your consideration to tackle any projects you have in mind for your property. It makes all the difference in the world when you hire the best. Contact us today.

 

The following is a partial list of award winning landscape design that earned Evergreen awards granted by Landscape Ontario:

 

  • Dunnington Grub’ Best Overall Maintenance Project in Ontario
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential Construction $25,000 to $50,000
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential Construction $10,000 or less
  • First Place’ Non-Turf Landscapes
  • First Place’ Water Features
  • Hamilton Chapter Award’ Maintenance (x2)
  • First Place’ Residential Maintenance 15,000 sq. ft. or less (x2)
  • Second Place’ Residential Maintenance 15,000 sq. ft. or less
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential Maintenance 15,000 sq. ft. or less
  • Award of Excellence’ Residential

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For best results, grass seed grows at its fastest pace when you match the type of grass you’re going to plant with the planting season. Seeds germinating time varies from three to twenty-eight days, depending on the grass type, temperature and humidity.

 

Planting grass seed

 

Proper soil aeration before planting the seed also encourages the fastest possible grass growth. Additionally, lower nitrogen, slow-release starter fertilizers, as opposed to high-nitrogen fertilizers that nourish weeds, promote root growth and safe to use on new grass.

 

Grasses that prefer cool weather should be planted in the spring or fall for the fastest germination time. These varieties include Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and creeping bentgrass. Grasses that germinate faster in warmer temperatures should be planted during the summer, and include Bermudagrass, Bahiagrass and Zoysiagrass.

 

The Method:

 

You can use a tiller to remove any debris from the area such as branches or rocks to cultivate the planting site. You want to level the planting area by raking the soil to even out any high, low, or clumpy spots. Once that has been done, add fertilizer using your spreader.

 

It is recommended that you use 2 ½ lbs. of fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of planting area. You then sow the seed using the spreader. It’s best to work in parallel rows from north to south, and sow the rest of the seed from east to west.

 

Once all of your seed has been sowed, you can use a layer of wheat straw mulch over the seeded area to keep wind and erosion from washing away the seed. After the much has been laid, you should lightly water the grass seed each day, giving it enough water to soak the area, but not too much so that the seed runs off the soil. When you see the new seedlings and grass start to grow, you can lightly rake away the mulch. Avoid harming or removing any new grass seedlings with the rake.

 

When to Water:

 

To efficiently water your new lawn, provide enough water to reach the roots without over soaking the area. It’s best to avoid watering during the warmest part of the day or at night to ensure that the lawn is resistant to disease.

 

It is typically recommended to water your lawn in the early morning before the heat of the day has begun. If you happen to live in a region that has very hot, dry weather, you should water your lawn in the early evening to promote proper water absorption.

 

Most grass varieties require about ½ to 1 inch of water per week to grow and thrive into a blanket of green. This amount of water means that you should water your lawn several times weekly to reach the recommended amount of moisture. If you want to know if your grass is receiving the right amount of moisture, you can push a soil probe into the ground about 6 inches to see if the lawn is being adequately watered.

 

New & Existing Lawns:

 

Getting a new lawn started or reseeding an existing lawn doesn’t have to be hard work or complicated, nor do you have to spend huge amounts of money on professionals or sod. The fact is that you can save money and successfully start a new lawn from seed with a little preparation, quality grass seed ideal for your growing conditions, well-prepared soil and a little patience.

 

Evergreen Landscapes can help make your lawn look beautiful and maintain it in any season. Contact us today to get started!

 

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Now that the summer season is coming to a close, it’s time to think about ways to rejuvenate your landscape. With a bit of work, you can make your landscape look like new again with a fresh, crisp, clean appearance that can be both exciting and healthy, whether it’s your trees, shrubs or rejuvenating your whole garden.

 

a landscape rejuvenated by Evergreen Landscapes

 

Pruning is an essential task

Pruning is one of the most important and essential tasks in getting your landscape ready for the fall. Proper pruning of landscape plants will help to control the plants’ growth, improve the health of the plants, encourage flowering and fruiting and enhance their overall appearance.

Pruning is a landscape practice that should be done routinely in order to keep it under control and appealing to the eye. If left alone for long periods of time, overgrown, out-of-control plants will eventually be part of your landscape and look unruly. This can create a problem when the plants are finally pruned because brutally pruning back overgrown plants can severely damage them to the point that they may never recover.

 

Trimming out old, dead and overgrown branches is a great way to clean up and rejuvenate your landscape. It aids in controlling the size and shape of plants; however, you have to be cautious which plants to prune at what time of year. It’s safe to trim any plants that bloom on mature growth in the late winter and early spring such as flowering azaleas. Once the plant’s bloom cycle is completed, it best to trim back in late summer to recapture its size and shape for the upcoming winter dormancy.
Evergreen shrubs can be pruned anytime of the year. Removing dead, damaged, and diseased branches should be the first step in pruning shrubs. If the shrub is still too large after removing these branches, cut back the older branches before younger ones, if possible. When you’re cutting branches, make the cut at a bud or lateral branch. This will create a neater looking shrub that does not have the appearance of just being pruned.

 

Garden repair provides a facelift

Overgrown gardens may need just a bit of repair or complete face lift for rejuvenating your landscape. Deciding which path you take depends upon the “bones” of the garden and may take a season or more to achieved the desired results occurring from an overgrown garden. To fully rejuvenate your garden beds to create a fresh, new look you should keep in mind plant identification, dividing perennials, rejuvenation pruning and controlling weeds.
If you have identified any rogue plants that may have invaded your beds or any plant that has underperformed, it’s time to consider taking action. Remove these invaders or underachievers by digging out all the roots to prevent re-sprouting. Once you’ve removed the plants you don’t want, it’s time to assess the remainder of the garden.
Overgrown landscape beds are often easiest to evaluate in spring when all the plants have flushed and plant identification is easier. If the area has several sections and components, start in one space and work your way out to prevent feeling overwhelmed.
Dividing perennials will not only eliminate that chaotic and overgrown appearance, you now have additional plantings to relocate to another spot if you choose. Once the foliage has died back, fall is a perfect time to dig out and split perennials that have grown too large. Rejuvenation pruning is also recommended as a method of reclaiming overgrown gardens with components such as shrubs. Once again, pruning will give your gardens more shape and dramatic visual appeal.

 

Weeding for management control

Controlling weeds is often a common issue in under-managed gardens, but taking the time to remove them will help your landscape appear rejuvenated and refreshed. Unfortunately, weeding takes a bit of work and there are few substitutes to a good hand weeding, but you can try using other methods. A chemical, such as Glyphosate sprayed on the unwanted plants is an effective systemic herbicide. Another method is to use black plastic on top of the soil to prevent weeds from popping up.

 

Lasting results

To rejuvenate your landscape, pruning, garden repair and weed control will go a long way in helping to make your landscape appear refreshed. Before you know it, your garden should be back to its former glory.
For many people, it’s tough to find the time necessary to properly care for their homes landscape. Evergreen Landscapes is committed to rejuvenating landscapes in creative, functional ways that stand the test of time. Check out our Previous Work or Contact Us to hear more about what we can do for you.

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During the growing season, gardeners will often struggle with trying to determine when and how often they should water their plants. A number of factors play a role in this decision. The type of soil in the garden, whether the plant is potted or not and the weather itself will often affect when and how often you should water. During especially hot and dry summers, such as the one we are currently experiencing; proper watering can become important to the health of your garden.

Here are a few rules that you should follow:
 

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Maintain Even Moisture

 
Plants often depend on even moisture to maintain health and encourage growth. However, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering will help to promote root growth.
 

Water Infrequently But Thoroughly

 
It’s best to water once or twice a week and make each watering session thorough; that is ensuring the plants are fully watered.
 
Late evening and early morning is the best time to water.
 
Less water will evaporate from the soil when you water the soil in the evening or early morning as the soil is still cool from the night time hours. This ensures the plants can adequately provide themselves with water prior to the heat of the day.
 

Water Roots, Not The Leaves

 
Often, wet leaves can lead to diseases in the plant such as mould and mildew. Wet leaves can also develop sun burn marks from the sun during the day.
 

Ensure Water Reaches The Roots

 
For potted plants this means watching for water coming from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pots when watering. For plants in the ground, try to use a gentle soak method to reach the roots. You can use a soaker hose for best results. This type of hose allows you to water using a gentle stream over a lengthy period of time (usually about 20 to 30 minutes is sufficient) If you see a lot of water running off soon after turning on the hose, adjust the water pressure lower so that the water has time to soak in rather than running off the top of the soil.
 

Distribute Water Evenly

 
Especially when using a watering can, ensure that you water all sides of the plant thereby allowing water to be absorbed on all sides of the root and avoiding one-sided growth of the root system.
 

Consider Water Conservation

 
For potted plants and small gardens, using a watering can will conserve water and ensure that the water you are using reaches the plants and does not run off as waste. For larger gardens you can install an automated irrigation system which has a moisture sensor. This system will help you water without waste. Be mindful when watering and know when the plant has enough to avoid drowning the roots of the plants.
 
Whenever possible use good quality clay rich soil.
 
Soil containing clay minerals can absorb and hold water better and more evenly. Conversely, during wet seasons the same soil allows for good drainage and prevents waterlogging.
 
For more information Contact Evergreen Landscapes or give us a call at (905) 689-1762 today!